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Andrea del Castagno

 
 

 


Andrea del Castagno
[Andrea di Bartolo di Simone di Bargiella; Andreino degli Impicchati]

 

(b Castagno, before 1419; d Florence, bur 19 Aug 1457).

Italian painter. He was the most influential 15th-century Florentine master, after Masaccio, of the realistic rendering of the figure and the representation of the human body as a three-dimensional solid by means of contours. By translating into the terms of painting the statues of the Florentine sculptors Nanni di Banco and Donatello, Castagno set Florentine painting on a course dominated by line (the Florentine tradition of disegno), the effect of relief and the sculptural depiction of the figure that became its distinctive trait throughout the Italian Renaissance, a trend that culminated in the art of Michelangelo.


 


The Youthful David

c. 1450
National Gallery of Art, Washington

 
 

Last Supper and Stories of Christ's Passion

1447
Fresco
Sant'Apollonia, Florence
 
 

Resurrection
(detail)
1447
Fresco
Sant'Apollonia, Florence
 
 

Last Supper
(detail)
1447
Fresco
Sant'Apollonia, Florence
 
 

Last Supper
(detail)
1447
Fresco
Sant'Apollonia, Florence
 

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